The Massage Therapy Program
What is massage therapy? The practice of the profession of massage is defined as engaging in applying a scientific system of activity to the muscular structure of the human body by means of stroking, kneading, tapping, and vibrating with the hands or vibrators for the purpose of improving muscle tone and circulation.
The overall goals for the Massage Therapy Program are to assist each student in gaining entry level knowledge of the human body and technical skills as a massage therapist.
The student will show proficiency and confidence in classic and contemporary massage techniques.
The student will have a practical knowledge of oriental bodywork theory and application.
The student will have a practical knowledge of anatomy and physiology and its relationship to massage therapy.
The student will have practical experience with several specialized areas of massage therapy.
The student will have experience with state of the art computer technology for operations in Student Clinic and later in their practice.
The student will participate in community service activities and marketing of themselves as massage therapists.
The student will be aware of the range of employment possibilities and shall have an opportunity to achieve personal goals.
The student will have the knowledge to converse with, receive and make referrals to other health professionals. Completion of the Massage program at NYIM will fulfill requirements for graduates to sit for the New York State licensing exam for the practice of massage therapy and the National Certification Boards.
Full-time (48 week course) 5 days per week, 4.5 hours per day, plus 80 clinic hours
Part-time (96 week course) 2-3 days per week, 4.5 hours per day, plus 80 clinic hours.
Additional community service hours are required.
Class Times & Days
AM Monday - Friday, 8:00 A.M. to 12:30 P.M.
PM Monday - Friday, 1:00 P.M. to 5:30 P.M.
EVE Monday - Friday, 6:00 P.M. to 10:30 P.M.
New terms begin approximately every twelve weeks. NYIM reserves the right to add or cancel any class start date or session it deems necessary. Every consideration will be given to students, assisting in their enrollment in an alternate session or date, as enrollment space permits.
Upcoming Start Dates
Start dates and breaks are subject to change due to weather conditions or any other extenuating circumstances. Breaks are given between most terms and range from 2-6 class days.
Courses are separated into four (4) twelve-week terms. All students will begin their course work by taking Anatomy & Physiology. Full-time students will also take Introduction to Massage; part-time students will take Introduction to Massage upon completion of Anatomy and Physiology. After passing Anatomy & Physiology and Introduction to Massage, the student then enters term B, C or D, classes that are taught on a rotating basis. The maximum student/faculty ratio for lectures is 60:1; for clinic and other hands-on training it is 20:1.
New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Day. Students who wish to observe other religious holidays should notify the Administration for special arrangements.
School hours are from 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM. NYIM classrooms are open from 8:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Clinic hours are Monday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. (subject to change). The Administrative offices are open from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. NYIM reserves the right to close the school and student clinic when deemed necessary.
NYIM’s facilities include clinical and instructional rooms, administrative offices, a student lounge, a faculty office, reception area, computer lab, bookstore, library, laundry area, kitchenette, conference room, and a lecture hall that can accommodate up to sixty participants. The Student Clinic, open to the public Monday through Saturday (subject to change) has six private rooms with massage tables, adjustable lighting, and related massage supplies. Located next to a major shopping mall with ample complementary parking, NYIM affords its students the best of Western New York’s hospitality and attractions.